Media Molecule head honcho Alex Evans doesn’t want to abandon the LittleBigPlanet community when the studio starts work on LBP 2. In a recent interview, Evans stated that he wants to bring over user-created levels from the original to the inevitable sequel — something he dubbed as “backwards compatibility.” But it might not be so innocent: Evans suggested that Sony or Media Molecule could charge people for the pleasure to play the created levels.
“We can give them backwards compatibility with those levels, and then when you decide on how you’re going to sell that to them,” Evans told GI.biz, “… all I’m saying is we’ve got loads of options open to us, and we can pick really late. We can make them in a year’s time, or whenever we want to ship – and that’s really useful for a developer, you can make a fine grain decision about what the price point is, or how you dice it.”
“We could do a version with every level available on subscription, or something like that,” he continued. “I don’t know what we’ll do, but it’s really exciting that we can make those choices, and make them late in the day.”
Just to be clear: LBP 2 hasn’t been announced and obviously anything Evans says now is subject to change. Games take forever to make and ideas are often thrown to the curb as they take shape. So, we’ll have to wait and see on this one.